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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 10-11-2021 08:00 AM 700 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boy and Girls,

I was inspired by Santa ClaudeF who sent me the following picture,

that got me enthused.

Apparently, the puzzle has been claimed by the Poles and the Chinese (of course), however, the Yankee Chicagoans have also made many a voodoo effigies for any potential rival claimants.
The Poles called it Klotski, the Chines tagged it 該死的, 如果我知道 and all the names used by other claimants would fill a small book… consequently I Named It ”Claudalis”!

Now before you get on your high-horse (or rocker), ClaudeF’s pictured puzzle is made of solids, so don’t give me that I don’t have a laser argument crap. You don’t need a laser or CNC for this puzzle… only a sadistic mind which is needed, as apparently the best a computer could manage was a huge pissant 81 move solution.
I bypassed solids and chose lasered MDF simply ‘cause I have plenty of MDF…
and also a laser to boot.

The puzzle consists of 10 finite shapes enclosed in a frame with an opening to sneak out the ”solved piece”, all resting on a base.
You can choose your own dimensions, but once decided on a base “unit”, it should be maintained for all pieces, with the frame and base resized accordingly.
Let’s me turn on my academic algebraicism (no, that’s not a racist outcry) composure and call the unit ”y”. Why ”y”, you may ask in October… because ”x” is used in the dimensioning formula… bet you never thought you’d ever use that maths you learnt (and forgot) all those decades ago.
You will need:-
  1. One of 2y x 2y x 3mm (magenta).
  2. Four of 1y x 1y x 6mm (red)… oriented however you like.
  3. Four of 1y x 2y x 6mm (green).
  4. One of 2y x 1y x 3mm (mint green).
    I’ll let you into a little secret… shhh, items 3 and 4 above are exactly the same size except oriented different in the puzzle layout… shhh!

The objective is to coax the large square by dexterous manipulation of the other squares, all inside the fence, until you can ejaculate it out the opening slot… galery picture #5 is the last “solution” move and picture #6 is the Great Escape..
Now they all say that 1,000 words are worth a picture, so me crapping on above saved me posting another picture… here.

Off to SketchUp and after a few design → print (laser cut) unsatisfactory results,
No “gate”

and engraved letters,

removable gate

I finalised on this design, replacing the letters with holes and the “gate” with a slot,

The holes in each piece was purely to facilitate finger grip... though the ½” cut-out circle of MDF would make it lighter if you decided to carry it with you on your next walkabouts trip to the Australian outback… with some luck, the complexity of the puzzle would preclude an overall attraction by an overabundance of
salties
up North.

The first prototype, with the letters, was salvaged,

with the addition of a slot and a non lettered 3mm large holey square.

With dogged determination and perseverance, I manage to solve the Claudalis. It was a tad difficult to record my initial uncountable moves solution… this was a bummer as I like to include the solution as an integral part of any of my puzzles in the packaged instructions,


Fortunately I managed to find a repeatable/documentable solution which I “imported” into SketchUp and published an animation of that solution on YouTube. Sadly that solution was not enacted by a computer and this “human” recorded 101 moves to solve it.

As always… when I don’t forget and manage to find some sober time, here are a couple of videos I made that,

The video solution can be more intimidating than a smiling LBD on steroids,

So for all you scaredy cats,

here’s an abridged PDF of the solution summarised on a few pages.

I believe it is a fairly simple project to make using conventional woodworking materials/machinery and it’s hard to bypass the innumerable pleasure you would experience if you gave this puzzle to one of your obnoxious relos or “friends”… or challenge someone intelligent if you can find them.

Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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Ivan

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#1 posted 10-11-2021 08:03 AM

....just watching…trying to understand….good work anyway…keep on CNCing…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 10-11-2021 08:11 AM



....just watching…trying to understand….good work anyway…keep on CNCing…

- Ivan


Thanks maj... If you ever understand it, explain it to me.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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crowie

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#3 posted 10-11-2021 08:58 AM

The COVID LOCKDOWN puzzle master strikes again with another dastardly head-scratcher.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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robscastle

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#4 posted 10-11-2021 09:23 AM

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 10-11-2021 09:50 AM




- robscastle


So you found your tutel? Was it the NSW Freedom Day liberties or he ran out of money? Did you frisk it for your wallet?

Looks like your snake has grown… legs.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dutchy

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#6 posted 10-11-2021 03:10 PM

Why 101 moves to set the big piece free? Turn the hole thing around and you are ready.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 10-11-2021 03:24 PM

Not going to pretend I read all that, but, really appreciate the thought and work that went into this small project…

Mind bender…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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987Ron

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#8 posted 10-11-2021 04:01 PM

Another great one. So is the puzzle, as good as the instructions. I like it.

-- Ron

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 10-11-2021 08:54 PM



Why 101 moves to set the big piece free? Turn the hole thing around and you are ready.

- Dutchy


OK… 1 move,

Not going to pretend I read all that…
- mtnwild

That’s cool, I only wrote 1/2 of it… should be obvious that the vino wrote the other half.

... I like it.
- 987Ron

Thanks 987... looking forward to you flying the laser flag. I need support… the cask-o-vino is a tad unstable.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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ClaudeF

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#10 posted 10-11-2021 09:15 PM

Well done on the sketchup and CNC work! I made mine from some pieces of recycled oak flooring, and a scrap piece of wood for the base.

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 10-11-2021 10:02 PM


Well done on the sketchup and CNC work! I made mine from some pieces of recycled oak flooring, and a scrap piece of wood for the base.

Claude

- ClaudeF


Thanks Santa... that’s the one message I wanted to pass across, about making it out of solids with conventional tools.
I use my laser basically for repeatable “mass production”... For some morbid reason, I take pleasure in making puzzles and randomly giving them away to strangers… this is a good puzzle that can be cut and assembled with minimum effort (simple gluing and omitting the buffing/finishing)... unfortunately it’s not a prime candidate for further miniaturisation which is my druthers.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Eric

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#12 posted 10-11-2021 11:50 PM

Looks like another great puzzle there. I may have to try this one, for the grandkids. Thanks for sharing.

-- Eric, building the dream

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 10-12-2021 02:28 AM


Looks like another great puzzle there. I may have to try this one, for the grandkids. Thanks for sharing.

- Eric


Sort of similar concept to the slider,

but much, much easier to ”cheat”… a feat not lost on grandkids.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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woodshaver Tony C

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#14 posted 10-12-2021 11:08 PM


....just watching…trying to understand….good work anyway…keep on CNCing…

- Ivan

Thanks maj... If you ever understand it, explain it to me.

- LittleBlackDuck


I would have posted my comment much earlier but I spent the entire day looking for a translator to help me unravel this mystery! Then I found this comment and gave up! Your Claudalis left me puzzled!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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awsum55

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#15 posted 10-13-2021 03:20 AM

Those are so cool! I have to get me a laser or CNC. My only fear is I won’t be smart enough to use it.

Did you ever have anyone tell you “That was fun”? I also thought it was a cool puzzle and made several with hardwoods. But I also added a lid and made them all just a little different. It was a ton of work, and no one has been able or willing to solve it. Everyone uses YouTube to cheat.

I also made a few others and are working on one now that would be perfect for your laser. When I’m finished I’ll post the pattern I used for who ever wants it.

-- John D, OP, KS

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